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Give Us Your Lavishly Rich, Your Xenophobic | CommonDreams.org

Immigrants. Taking our jobs and public assistance. The cause of all our problems.But it’s not true. We’re blaming people who are struggling day-by-day to survive on their own or support their families, while we applaud a system that allows a … Continue reading

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Sankofa racial reconciliation bus tour

          In one Thursday afternoon in August after a drive from Grand Rapids to Chicago I boarded a bus with about 40 other people and started out on my first Sankofa journey. Sankofa (looking back to move forward) is a … Continue reading

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alan hirsch in grand rapids

Today I got the chance to here Alan Hirsch talk at Grand Rapid Theological Seminary. These folks are constantly bringing some good people into town to stimulate conversation all across the theological spectrum of thought. This is a good thing. … Continue reading

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an undiscovered voice in the conversation

Recently i discovered a voice in the emergent conversation that I was not aware of, melvin bray. His bio reads I  am a professional speaker and aspiring author. I am contributing the chapter “Reading the Prophets for Justice: How can … Continue reading

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why race matters VII – credibilty, race and class

So here’s another set of reasons why we can’t ignore the issue of race if the church is to emerge into something other than refuge a disgruntled white intellectuals. There is a credibility gap in our society and it strains … Continue reading

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Hip hop Culture and the church

Several years ago I sat in a worship gathering with Sally Morganthaler as someone from the Ionia Community lead the gathered body in some “worship songs of diversity” from Africa. At one point Morganthaler asked me where is the hip … Continue reading

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a new voice in the conversation on diversity

For a new voice in the conversation check out the Inclusion Café a friend of mine, fellow Jesus follower and diversity trainer Steve Robbins has launched this site social/professional networking web site for those pursuing diversity and an end to racism … Continue reading

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why race matters VI – look who’s talking about race

Recently person whose  church hired an African American pastor to “help” them reach out to diverse community was distressed to learn that the pastor was frustrated by the lack of awareness in the mostly white church about what was happening in Jena. There was a … Continue reading

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race matters V here a noose there a noose every where a loose noose

OK everywhere you look it seems there are nooses being hung. First Jena then a long Island police station, then the door of a Columbia university professor. Note that two of these are in the north where it is suggested … Continue reading

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Post colonial legacy

I came across this interesting story about the ongoing legacy of the church colonial paradigm. It is just amazing that because of the western missionary values an African women sees a white dress and veil as the ideal for her marriage. … Continue reading

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